Boxing isn't taking a backseat this summer

Updated: August 14, 2008, 1:35 PM ET
By Dan Rafael
Your weekly random thoughts …

• As has been the case for the past few Olympics, boxing in Beijing won't be featured on NBC other than televising some of the gold medal matches on the final weekend. However, my TV will be tuned for the next three weeks to CNBC, which will carry about three hours of boxing coverage per day throughout the tournament. There is more boxing scheduled to air during this Olympics than ever before. If you want it, it's there for you. CNBC will air every bout involving an American and many hours of live action. Boy, are both of my DVRs going to get a workout.

Having seen most of our Olympic team members fight on TV at either the Olympic trials, USA Boxing Olympic Invitational, the world championships or Pan-American Games, I think we have a talented team. In 2004, only two boxers brought home medals from Athens: Andre Ward won gold, and Andre Dirrell received a bronze. I think the U.S. will have a better tournament in Beijing even though the U.S. failed to qualify boxers in the light heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions, leaving Team USA with just nine fighters.